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ACI205 - Lighting Design 1: Natural and Artificial Lighting

Year2015 unit information
Offering information:

This unit will be offered from 2016.

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) from 2016

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:D Armstrong




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit introduces students to application of lighting for photography, both natural and artificial and the way in which lighting shapes the aesthetics, mood and formal structure of all photographic images. Students will gain practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the application of various lighting solutions.

This unit provides an introduction to evaluating, working with and controlling ambient natural light as well as providing an introduction to small strobe flash and portable flash kits. Various other types of continuous artificial lighting will also be considered.

Students will undertake exercises which will address various genre and styles such as portraiture and architectural utilising ambient location lighting, low light environments, combined ambient and artificial lighting and various experimental approaches.

The history and theory of lighting and work of significant practitioners will be considered in relation to creative practice assignments.

This unit prepares students with the skills required for ACI302.


Ambient natural lighting project, 20%

Artificial lighting project, 50%

Genre lighting design project, 30%

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